Afro-Asian Cup of Nations

The Afro-Asian Cup of Nations, also called the AFC Asia/Africa Challenge Cup, was an intercontinental football competition endorsed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), contested between representative nations from these confederations, usually the winners of the Africa Cup of Nations and the winners of the AFC Asian Cup or the Asian Games. All editions were official competitions of CAF and AFC[1] and indirectly also of FIFA.[2] For FIFA statute, official competitions are those for representative teams organized by FIFA or any confederation. The most successful team is Japan with 2 championships.

Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
Organising bodyCAF and AFC
Founded1978; 44 years ago (1978)
Abolished2007; 15 years ago (2007)
RegionAfrica
Asia
Number of teams2
Last champions Japan (2007)
Most successful team(s) Japan (2 titles)

HistoryEdit

The first edition in 1978, where Iran defeated Ghana 3-0, the trophy was not awarded: because the second leg was cancelled due to political problems in Iran. The 1989, 2005 editions were cancelled. The 1997 edition was severely delayed to 1999, while the "true" 1999 edition (between Egypt and Iran) was also canceled.

The competition was discontinued following a CAF decision on July 30, 2000, after AFC representatives had supported Germany rather than South Africa in the vote for hosting the 2006 World Cup. The competition was scheduled to be resumed in 2005 with the match Tunisia-Japan, but then was cancelled. However the trophy was resumed in 2007 under the name "AFC Asia/Africa Challenge Cup". The 2008 edition was scheduled to be played in November 2008 between Iraq and Egypt in the neutral venue of Saudi Arabia but was eventually cancelled.

Results and statisticsEdit

FinalsEdit

Keys
Ed. Year   Champion 1st. leg
score
2nd. leg
score
Aggr.   Runner-up 1st. leg
city
2nd. leg
city
1 1978 (none) [n 1] 3–0
(Iran won)

[n 2]

[n 1]
 
Iran
 
Ghana
Tehran Accra
2 1985  
Cameroon
4–1 1–2 5–3  
Saudi Arabia
Yaoundé Taif
3 1987  
South Korea
1–1 (a.e.t.)
4–3 (p)

[n 3]
4–3  
Egypt
Doha
[n 3]
4 1991  
Algeria
1–2 1–0 2–2
[n 4]
 
Iran
Tehran Algiers
5 1993  
Japan
1–0 (a.e.t.)
[n 3]
1–0  
Ivory Coast
Tokyo
[n 3]
6 1995  
Nigeria
3–2 1–0 4–2  
Uzbekistan
Tashkent Lagos
7 1997  
South Africa
1–0 0–0 1–0  
Saudi Arabia
Cape Town Riyadh
8 2007  
Japan
4–1
[n 3]
4–1  
Egypt
Osaka
[n 3]
Notes
  1. ^ a b As the second leg was cancelled, no team was declared champion.
  2. ^ Cancelled due to the Iranian Revolution.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Defined on a single match final.
  4. ^ Algeria won on away goals rule.

Most successful national teamsEdit

Team Winners Runners-Up
  Japan 2 (1993, 2007)
  Cameroon 1 (1985)
  South Korea 1 (1987)
  Algeria 1 (1991)
  Nigeria 1 (1995)
  South Africa 1 (1999)
  Saudi Arabia
2 (1985, 1999)
  Egypt
2 (1987, 2007)
  Iran
1 (1991)
  Ivory Coast
1 (1993)
  Uzbekistan
1 (1995)

Results by confederationEdit

Confederation Winners Runners-up
CAF 4 (1985, 1991, 1995, 1997) 3 (1987, 1993, 2007)
AFC 3 (1987, 1993, 2007) 4 (1985, 1991, 1995, 1997)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ahmad Ahmad confident that Afro-Asian Cup will return". espn.com. Ed Dove. 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Afro-Asian Cup of Nations". FIFA World Football Museum. 11 November 2019. Archived from the original on 2022-02-26.

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